Ballycastle “green” hotel invests £3.5m to double room capacity

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The Salthouse Hotel, a pioneer in sustainable hospitality and one of Europe’s greenest hotels, has started work on a £3.5m project to add 32 new bedrooms

Ballycastle’s pioneering “green” hotel The Salthouse is making a £3.5 million investment to double room capacity in the next year, and will create up to 30 jobs as a result.

The project will introduce 32 new bedrooms, most of them offering breathtaking sea views, and the expansion phase is on track for completion in spring 2025.

Company director Carl McGarrity said: “This marks a new chapter in our eco-evolution.

“The new luxury sea view suites will provide a home away from home, situated beside our main hotel, offering a unique and environmentally conscious experience.”

The expansion will also see the introduction of a new eco-farmhouse, scheduled to be ready this April.

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Salthouse Hotel director Carl McGarrity (MCAULEY_MULTIMEDIA)

The farmhouse will feature four bedrooms, accommodating eight to 10 guests, and include a private hot tub.

It is the latest in a series of strategic investments by the hospitality venue since its initial £5 million commitment in 2019 during its grand opening.

Just last year the venue successfully introduced The Lookout restaurant, which accommodates up to 500 covers on weekends.

The additional restaurant represented a £1.2 million investment and created 30 new jobs, including 13 talented international staff members who have brought their expertise to the team. The Salthouse Hotel also introduced a bakery to support various aspects of the hotel’s operations.

Rooted in a vision of sustainability, the venue has been carbon-neutral since its launch in 2019.

From a wind turbine and solar panels to a low food-miles menu, EV charging network including a fast charger, it is one of the greenest hotels in Europe.

The Salthouse currently boasts a 24-bed hotel, six eco-lodges, a state-of-the-art spa, and two exquisite restaurants.

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Last year The Salthouse introduced its new Lookout restaurant

The latest development introduces luxurious suites with kitchenettes and expansive living areas, providing an elevated experience for guests, many of whom will revel in breathtaking sea views.

The expansion project is expected to create 25-30 new employment opportunities, contributing to the overall prosperity of the region.